Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Founding Director of the Science Studios at Pioneer Works Janna Levin joins composer, multimedia artist, and Rail Editor-at-Large Paul D. Miller for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Bridget Hawkins.
The Claire Tow Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is also the Chair & Founding Director of the Science Studios at Pioneer Works. A Guggenheim Fellow, Janna has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. She is the presenter of the NOVA feature Black Hole Apocalypse. Her previous books include How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, winner of PEN/Bingham Prize. Her latest book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, is the inside story on the discovery of the century: the sound of spacetime ringing from the collision of two black holes over a billion years ago.
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His 2018 album, DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall, debuted at #3 on Billboard Reggae.